What Kinds Of Spiders Can Be Dangerous In Western Massachusetts?

A spider on a surface area

Many types of spiders in Western Massachusetts won't cause you or your loved ones harm, as most local spiders won't or can't even bite you. Most spiders would also rather live in peace and stay away from you. However, this does not mean it's safe to have spiders in your home. The two dangerous spiders in Western Massachusetts include the black widow and the brown recluse. However, the brown recluse is typically rare in the area, though other harmless spiders are often mistaken for them. Regardless, if you see any spider, let the Western Massachusetts pest control professionals handle it. 

The Types Of Spiders You May Find In Your Western Massachusetts Home

While spiders generally like to live outdoors, they will enter your home in search of meals and shelter. The most common types of spiders in Western Massachusetts include:

  • House Spiders
  • Orb Weavers
  • Grass Spiders
  • Fishing Spiders
  • Jumping spiders

Another kind of spider typically found in garages, attics, and woodpiles is the wolf spider. The most common dangerous spider in Western Massachusetts is the black widow, which has venom that can affect humans and animals. This New England spider typically does not bite unless threatened. The brown recluse is not native to the area but can hitch a ride under cardboard and inside boxes delivered from other states. 

What It Means If You're Seeing Spiders Inside 

Spiders eat insects such as flies, roaches, earwigs, fleas, and other common household pests. If you see spiders inside your home, it's likely because they are finding plenty to eat. Many spiders can enter your home and never show themselves in your common areas. They'll stay in your wall voids, attic, basement, or secluded storage rooms. Spiders usually come out when they find food. This might be a housefly here and there. It might be a dozen fruit flies. It could be fungus flies that were brought inside with a potted plant or cluster flies that got inside to hide from the cold. Pest populations will cause some spiders to establish webs around your home. As spiders typically feed on insects, managing your in-house insect population is critical to keeping spiders out of the house. However, this task is best accomplished by partnering with American Pest Solutions for a year-round program to eliminate all common household pests.

Easy & Effective Spider Prevention Tips 

The most effective approach to preventing a spider invasion is to deter them from entering your home in the first place. A few ways to do this include: 

  • Seal crevices and cracks on the exterior of the structure. 
  • Caulk gaps around doors and windows. 
  • Install door sweeps. 
  • Trim trees and bushes away from the home so spiders can't use branches as a bridge. 
  • Inspect screens on exterior doors and windows for any tears or rips. 
  • Inspect packages before bringing them inside. 
  • Keep clutter to a minimum in closet areas, the basement, and the attic. 
  • Fix leaky fixtures and pipes to eliminate a water source. 

Preventing spiders is much easier than dealing with an active infestation. Either way, the pest control professionals are here to help.

The Most Effective Spider Control For Western Massachusetts Homes

It is challenging to control spiders once they've gotten into your home. You can have limited success by keeping things squeaky clean and reducing humidity in your home. But the best way to make your home a spider-free environment is to invest in a year-round pest control service.

A year-round pest control service is the best way to control spiders in your home. Professional exterminators have the tools, knowledge, and experience to resolve spider infestations. An ongoing plan also ensures that opportunistic pests do not re-infest. American Pest Solutions offers protection from spiders with our residential pest control program and our commercial pest control solutions. Contact us today to find out how we can help you!